National Conference 2020

AACBT 41st National Conference

29-31 October 2020

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges

Fremantle, Western Australia


Ticket sales are open!

Welcome to the official website for the 41st National Conference of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy (AACBT).

The conference is being held from Thursday 29 October to Saturday 31 October 2020, at Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges, WA.

AACBT has always celebrated advances in cognitive and behavioural therapies and evidence-based practice. We now find ourselves in a new era of clinical science, discipline diversity and co-morbid mental health profiles. Our stimulating line up of keynote and invited speakers, who are innovators in research and clinical practice, will present cutting edge ideas in this new generation of cognitive and behavioural therapy. The keynote and invited speakers, and workshop presenters will present exciting research advancements and novel, evidence-based approaches to the management of common and complex difficulties.

This year’s conference theme is “2020 Vision: the future of CBT”.

This year’s conference brings together a community of cognitive and behavioural therapy professionals to share knowledge, ideas and awareness of innovations and important issues in this field. AACBT is committed to delivering an exciting scientific and workshop program to inspire the CBT community to continue advancing the field.

Thursday and Friday are the scientific program days, with Saturday being the workshop day.

We invite you to join us with the latest science, and evidence-based practice.


Key Deadlines


Where can I purchase tickets and learn more about the conference?

Registration information & ticket sales are open.

AACBT Members have access to discounted prices via Early Bird tickets


Who are the confirmed speakers?

  • Dr Christine Padesky (via video link, twice)
  • Professor Willem Kuyken
  • Associate Professor Brett Deacon
  • Professor Jennie Hudson
  • Professor Penelope Hasking
  • Dr Bronwyn Raykos
  • Dr Georgie Paulik-White


What is happening during the 2-day scientific program?

Our Scientific Program page is updated as the program is confirmed.


What about a workshop on Saturday?

Check out the Workshop Program page soon for more information.


Is there going to be opportunity for networking?

Yes – a welcome event for all scientific program delegates will be held on Thursday night, and the program has regular breaks throughout all days of conference.  All delegates get morning & afternoon teas, plus lunch, included in their ticket purchase.
The Fine Wine Dinner is back – this time on FRIDAY night!

How do I submit an abstract for the scientific program?

Via our abstract portal.


I have been accepted as a speaker for the conference – do you have any tips & guidelines?

This page will have all the information required once abstracts close.


Where is the conference venue, and what is the accommodation like?

Accommodation is at Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges and you book directly with the venue.

The rate that are being offered to our delegates are:

  • single: $170 (1 Superior Room) plus buffet breakfast for only $20


Is there a discount code with Virgin Australia for booking air travel?

Yes!  A promo code will be distributed to delegates once their conference booking is confirmed.  Your flight/s will still earn both Velocity Frequent Flyer members both points and status credits, and the code is a discount on best available price when booking.


How can I support AACBT and display my organisation to delegates?

Sponsorship Opportunities are available – our info pack will be available shortly, or contact the conference secretariat.


Is there anything interesting to do in Fremantle?

Also try these links for more ideas of things to do before, or after national conference:


Is there anything for early & mid career delegates to be involved with?

Yes!  We have an ECR mentoring session in the main program!

The AACBT National Conference Committee looks forward to welcoming you to Fremantle in October 2020.

Committee Members

Dr Janice Wong – Convenor 2020 (WA)

Professor Peter McEvoy – Scientific Convenor 2020 (WA)

Professor Leanne Hides – National Conference Chair

Associate Professor Melissa Norberg – National President

Professor Ross Menzies – Editor Behaviour Change & WCBCT Representative

Ms Natasha Dean – National Tour Coordinator

Dr Kristen McCarter – Early Career Research Chair

Mr Peter Pohlman – Conference Secretariat

TBC – Convenor 2021 (Vic)

TBC – Scientific Convenor 2021 (Vic)

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